Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Bailly's Injury Leaves Centre-Halves Cupboard Bare

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Bailly's Injury Leaves Centre-Halves Cupboard Bare

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ERIC Bailly had his ankle strapped as he left Old Trafford on Sunday.

The United defender was forced off injured in the 61st minute of the draw with Swansea after a tackle on Fernando Llorente left him unable to continue.

The Ivory Coast defender was pictured by a supporter wearing flipflops and with his ankle strapped as he headed home after the game. Bailly is unlikely to be fit for Thursday's Europa League semi-final first leg at Celta Vigo.

Bailly, 22, became United's fourth and final senior centre-half to succumb to injury within a five-week period, leaving Jose Mourinho with 19-year-old Axel Tuanzebe as his only specialist centre-back.

Matteo Darmian emerged instead of Tuanzebe to replace Bailly and Mourinho spoke about his latest selection dilemma for the Celta fixture. …

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